Celebration of the Eighth Centenary of the Regula non bullata at Fonte Colombo

On 21 June 2021, the website Frontiera Rieti reported that the Franciscan friars gathered at Fonte Colombo to celebrate the eighth centenary of the Regula non bullata:

A return to the source for the Franciscan world. And the source is the forma vitæ that St Francis wrote here in the Rieti valley. The year 2023 will be a significant milestone when Franciscans will celebrate the eighth centenary of the Regula Bullata and the crib. A series of other Franciscan events marking eight centuries will also take place (in 2024, the stigmata at La Verna, in 2025, the Canticle of the Creatures, in 2026, the death of the saint). This pilgrimage organised by the Friars Minor of central Italy was created to commemorate the eight hundred years of the earlier Rule composed by St Francis: the one that was not bullata, in the sense that it was not submitted for papal approval. Yet the Poverello of Assisi spoke with Honorius III, as he did with his predecessor Innocent III who had already approved his spiritual experience in oral form. And Pope Honorius was often in Rieti at that time.

On Tuesday, the Friars Minor of four Italian provinces (Lazio-Abruzzo, Umbria, Tuscany and Marche) made a pilgrimage to Rieti, which the saint passed through in 1221, and then to Fonte Colombo where, two years later, he would write the definitive “constitution” of the order. The invitation was also extended to the other Franciscans (Capuchins and Conventuals) present in the diocese (at Leonessa and San Rufo) and the Friars Minor from Puglia working in Accumoli. The Minister General of the Order, Brother Michael Perry, also arrived from the General Curia in Rome.

For the full text (in Italian): www.frontierarieti.com